Thursday, March 26, 2015

Is there life out there?

Grad is over, work is interesting  and I have some new challenges and new ideas that I want to write about very soon.  I don't want to leave that college part of my life without acknowledging all the wonderful people that I have met over the past two years.

Many of my classmates faced challenges last year while attending school. Financial problems, learning struggles, health issues, family demands and even the loss of loved ones made the journey harder. There were a lot of sacrifices made by many of my classmates and their families in the hopes of a better future.

Our teachers also faced some challenges in their lives but they still worked above and beyond to give us an extraordinary education, support us in our training for our new careers and they helped us learn about ourselves in the process.

I want to share a Reba song.
Here is to all the people who are trying to make a better life for themselves!



"Is There Life Out There"

by Rick Gilesen  Susan Long

She married when she was twenty
She thought she was ready
Now she's not so sure
She thought she'd done some living
But now she's just wonderin'
What she's living for
Now she's feeling that there's something more

Is there life out there
So much she hasn't done
Is there life beyond
Her family and her home
She's done what she should
Should she do what she dares
She doesn't want to leave
She's just wonderin
Is there life out there

She's always lived for tomorrow
She's never learned how
To live for today
She's dyin' to try something foolish
Do something crazy
Or just get away
Something for herself for a change

Is there life out there
So much she hasn't done
Is there life beyond
Her family and her home
She's done what she should
Should she do what she dares
She doesn't want to leave
She's just wonderin
Is there life out there

There's a place in the sun that she's never been
Where life is fair and time is a friend
Would she do it the same as she did back then
She looks out the window and wonders again

Is there life out there
So much she hasn't done
Is there life beyond
Her family and her home
She's done what she should
Should she do what she dares
She doesn't want to leave
She's just wonderin
Is there life out there

Is there life out there
So much she hasn't done
Is there life beyond
Her family and her home
She's done what she should
Should she do what she dares
She doesn't want to leave
She's just wonderin
Is there life out there

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Convocation from College

On February 9th ... I attended my Convocation from Red River College and was conferred with the title of Therapeutic Recreation Facilitator.

The experience mattered a lot to me. It has been such a hard journey these past few years and it is still hard to believe that I have come so far. I did not realize how much I cared until I was in the middle of the ceremony. Just like any other graduate this is the start of a new phase of my life. A new beginning and it truly seemed like a miracle to me.

New friends from class graduated  beside me. My husband and two of my children were cheering me on from the audience, and I knew my other two children were cheering me on from their homes. I was surprised and so happy to realize that two of my best friends had come to the ceremony too and  I later heard that another friend watched me graduate via an internet link. When I joined the audience after the ceremony I looked at these terrific people and cried with happiness.

I have been very privileged to have so many wonderful people support me through times of loss, sadness and fear  and also there to share and celebrate in so much joy! Thank-you!



 


My new friends Janet, Linda M, and Ashtyn


My wonderful long-time friends Sue and Faye

My daughters, Alicia and Emily
 
 
Bob and me

Friday, February 6, 2015

Are you wearing Red Today?

Today is Wear Red Day

1 in 3 women die of heart disease and stroke each year. Join the movement to end heart disease and stroke in women.. Check out the link below to find out more about the Go Red for Women Campaign.

I know what color I am wearing tomorrow. How about you?

 
https://www.goredforwomen.org/
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